A legacy for the African rhino

first_imgSculptor Noel Ashton with one of the rhino castings from his series of sculptures titled Mapungubwe Revisited. A gold rhino sculpture costing R35 000; the proceeds from the sale of each sculpture are donated to WWF-SA and its rhino conservation work.(Images: Noel Ashton Wildlife Studio)MEDIA CONTACTS • Noel AshtonNoel Ashton Wildlife Studio+27 72 063 4676 Cadine PillayDespite the many attempts to curb rhino poaching and the dedicated activism from the public, the slaughter of these beasts continues, with the death toll for 2012 approaching 450 animals.This has not halted the efforts of South Africans to fight the poaching crisis, in any way they can.Now South African artist, scientist and conservationist Noel Ashton has sculpted a series of rhino sculptures titled Mapungubwe Revisited. The series is a limited edition, consisting of 12 gold and 100 bronze rhino castings, and is the artist’s way of honouring the magnificence of Africa’s wildlife heritage.In the past Ashton has initiated other conservation programmes for Africa’s wildlife, most of which he has dedicated to whales.“Throughout the years we have engaged in a range of conservation programmes by combining artworks, narratives and our commitment to the earth,” Ashton says.Mapungubwe RevisitedMapungubwe Revisited was inspired by the discovery of a small 152-millimetre long rhino made of pure gold, in the grave of the king of the ancient realm of Mapungubwe, situated in Limpopo province. The golden rhino was buried with the king over 800 years ago, showing that rhinos were revered by African royalty.“The artwork speaks through time, and as an artist I see its significance as a symbol of the rich cultural legacy of Africa,” says Ashton in an interview.The golden rhino, according to Ashton, embodies a deeper connection with, and reverence for this magnificent animal of Africa. It links all African people to the land through a sacred thread of belonging.“The golden rhino offers a signpost to something that we might have forgotten but fortunately not lost; it can remind us that the natural world around us is much more than a commodity, a space or a view, it is an intrinsic part of who we are and where we have come from, and each rhino killed or tract of land destroyed is another part of ourselves lost,” he says.By investing in a limited-edition sculpture of Mapungubwe Revisited, buyers will be contributing towards the conservation of the species. The gold and bronze sculptures cost R35 000 (US $4000) and R15 000 ($1700) respectively, and funds from the sale of each sculpture are donated towards the South African chapter of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-SA) and its rhino conservation work.Taking back our heritageAs illustrated by the Mapungubwe gold rhino, the animals have long been an object of value in African culture. South Africans are rightly proud of their rhino history and the critical role they played in the remarkable recovery of white rhino numbers over the last century. Today three out of every four rhinos alive, 75% of the world’s rhinos, are found in South Africa.“After being severely threatened in the earlier part of the 20th century, African conservationists have worked tirelessly over the past two decades to nurture faltering populations back to healthy and vibrantly growing numbers,” said WWF-SA CEO Morne du Plessis in a statement.In their continued commitment to the rhinos, the Shamwari hospitality group has produced a Celebrity Ambassador Rhino Calendar to help raise awareness for the plight of the rhinos, as well as much needed funds.The calendar was launched on 21 September in Camps Bay, Cape Town, and also has the support of the Wilderness Foundation and conservation veteran Dr Ian Player.“Since launching the calendar and celebrating World Rhino Day, 10 more rhinos have been slaughtered and time is running out for this living dinosaur,” says Tom Jäger, Shamwari’s group sales and marketing manager.Celebrities join the frontline Celebrities such as South African model Josie Borain, former Miss South Africa Bernelee Daniell, Glamour Magazine editor Pnina Fenster, television personality Katlego Maboe, comedian Irit Noble and Zimbabwean model Sam Pegg offered their time to the creation of the calendar.The photo shoot took place at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve outside Cape Town by renowned photographer Andrew Brown, who also donated his time to the cause.The calendars will at first be available for purchase at the Shamwari properties of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve near Cape Town, Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape and Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park.The cost of the calendar is R150 ($17), and all proceeds will go to the Wilderness Foundation through the Shamwari Group’s Forever Wild Campaign, which has already during the course of 2012 raised just over R240 000 ($28 000) for rhino awareness and protection.“If we all stand together and create a unified response whilst educating this generation and future generations, including the poachers, this slaughter will come to an end,” said Shamwari GM Joe Cloete, in a statement.“We are proud to have created the calendar and to be able to also give guests an opportunity to spread the word and support the Wilderness Foundation in all their endeavours.”A perpetual reminderThe calendar is everlasting, making it reusable every year as it is not restricted to the day or month. Each month presents a different photo of a celebrity ambassador, and Shamwari game rangers, wildlife and properties alongside a relevant quote.As many of us spend most of our lives behind a desk, the Shamwari team thought a perpetual calendar would be practical, informative and useful.“During a brainstorm session about how we could help even more with the critical situation facing rhinos, we knew we wanted to do something that would not only raise awareness and funds regarding the plight of the rhino but something that could be an everyday reminder,” says Jäger.A selection of Shamwari photos were taken by IKY’s Photographic.The sponsors for this initiative include Camera Ready, Black Orchid, The Paper Shop, Paper Smith and Sons, the Sunshine Co, Grand Café and Room in Camps Bay and the Wilderness Foundation.last_img read more

Celebrating Top Outstanding Young Persons Playing Their Part

first_imgBrand South Africa and the Junior Chamber International (JCI) have been in partnership for several years to continuously emphasise the importance of living the Nelson Mandela legacy, this is by way of contributing towards social justice for all especially by young persons. Through The 2019 Top Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Awards ceremony hosted on 27 July in Durban, KZN, young people were recognised and acknowledged for their selfless efforts towards taking action against social inequalities.The awards speak to Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative which promotes active citizenship nationally as well as JCI’s mission to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change in all spheres. The TOYP Awards were acknowledged during Mandela Month and a special noting that six young women are also recipients of the Ten Outstanding Young person awards.         As the country celebrates Women’s Month, we commend these young women for breaking the glass ceiling and contributing to enhancing confidence in citizens taking pride in their country through active citizenship.Mbokodo we salute you!!!As the country faces ominous times it is imperative now more than ever that we continuously build confidence in the future of the nation, drive collaboration for opportunities for every South African to make a positive difference in eradicating poverty and unemployment.Click here to see the 2019 recipients of the Ten Outstanding Young person awardshttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1oJPyBJgt4EuhqhF2Fy_qx48zS0JIrl5R/viewWe applaud the JCI for playing its part by developing young leaders and providing them with a framework to have the greatest positive impact in our changing world. Learn more about JCI http://www.jcisouthafrica.co.za/bbp/index.php/about-jciJoin the movement, find out how you can play your part in your community: https://www.brandsouthafrica.com/play-your-partlast_img read more

What To Do To Keep Your Facebook Account Secure [Update]

first_imgEditor’s Update: Facebook has responded to our request for comment. The company is attributing the problems to user error and it denies there was a virus or that the site was hacked. Following are our tips on how to keep your Facebook account secure.Facebook said this week’s problem, which had users sending and accepting friend requests they did not initiate, was a result of users using contact importer. Users who clicked on “friend all” sent friend requests to everyone in their address book who had an email address linked to a Facebook account. Spokesman Frederic Wolens said in some cases the requests were held on Facebook’s servers as the program processed them, and users may not have connected their use of Facebook’s contact importer to friend requests that were processed as much as one week later.If you were one of those people, it may be too late to stop the friend requests, but you can turn off the sync function on your Facebook mobile app and log into Facebook to cancel out any of the other pending friend requests.We’re still waiting to hear back from Facebook about the attack we reported yesterday, but the ongoing discussion in Facebook’s Help Center indicates that it’s related to a syncing issue involving the contacts in some mobile phones. If you have been hit by the current attack, turn off the sync-contacts function on your mobile Facebook app. We’ll update our earlier post as soon as we get confirmation from Facebook.In the meantime, here are basic steps you should take whenever you think your account has been hacked.Change Your PasswordThis should be obvious. if someone or something has access to your account, end it by changing your Facebook password.Think of password changes like drug screenings at work: You should do it on a regular basis and after there’s been an accident. If you think someone has obtained your password (most likely through a phishing scam that lured you to a site that looks like Facebook) that’s the accident. Time to change.Reclaim Your AccountIt’s possible whoever took over your account will have beaten you to changing the password. Fortunately, Facebook has a process for reclaiming accounts. Follow the steps in the Help Center, which will verify your identity and re-secure your account.Update Your Security SoftwareDon’t gamble that the Facebook problem will remain just a Facebook problem. Update your security software (or, if, God forbid, you’re not using one, get a package immediately). To date, most of the major Facebook viruses and attacks have been limited to sending messages and friend requests, but that is likely change.Trim The App FatGo through the list of apps you have installed on Facebook and cut any that you don’t use regularly, and certainly any that with hindsight look suspicious. Each of your apps can compromise your security and privacy. Facebook has a primer on how to remove unwanted apps.Tell Your FriendsMake sure you alert potentially vulnerable contacts as soon as you know your account has been compromised. It’s also a good idea to let them know the steps you took to fix the account and, if you can figure it out, what worked. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts dave copelandcenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#web last_img read more